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SPECIAL EVENTS
Piper McDonough Workout tomorrow 4/1
, all class times!  Dedicated CFers Tim and Emily McDonough have a pup in serious medical need.  In true Corps Fitness fashion, we’re rallying workouts to offer Piper and her family a little extra fight.  If you’d like to help Piper with her fight by helping defray her exorbitant medical costs, there will be a collection bucket in the lobby.  If you choose, you can either offer a flat donation or you will have the option of paying a dollar amount for each Round you accumulate in the workout….your choice.  Workout will be a hybrid format.
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“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” -Roger Caras

We’ll be announcing two new membership perks on Friday 4/1!  Stay tuned to our blog and facebook page to see what’s cooking!

Saturday 4/2, Corps Fitness will be hosting female Marine Corps Poolees and a female drill instructor from 10 AM - 3PM.  Feel free to stop by or stick around after 9:30 to see what it’s all about.  And trust me when I say the female DI might just make our own instructors seem like gentle kittens!  Welcome, future Marines!
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Sunday 4/3, The Wilson IM ABLE Chapter is hosting a Running Out Loud 5k and Last Chance Egg Hunt, raising money for a grant to local student Emily M.  Check out more on their website!  Race-day registration is available!

OCR TRAINING
We need 2 more participants to make this class happen!  Spread the word!
Classes with Van will be held Thursday nights at 6:30-7:30 PM from April 7th – May 5thYou do NOT have to be a Corps Fitness member to join in these classes!
Current CF member – $40
Non-CF member – $75*
*Includes a one-time opportunity to purchase a one month unlimited CF membership for $90.
This class is a huge deal compared to the prices at other locations.  And if you take advantage of a CF membership when you’re finished, you’ll be sure to stay in racing shape (or better) for the entire season!

SCHEDULE UPDATES
We are re-configuring some spaces in the gym to work the best for everyone, and the spin classes will be moving onto the main gym floor starting April 1st.  Due to this change, the class times are changing to what is indicated below.  With this change, we welcome our IM ABLE adaptive athletes to come out during any regularly scheduled CF / CrossFit class time and take advantage of the opportunity to work out alongside the entire class!

SPIN / KRANK
Spin on Thursday night at 5:30 with Mike Vecchio!!
Spin 9:30 AM 3/26 – NO CLASS DUE TO MARINE POOLEE TRAINING
As cycling season is beginning to ramp up, our spin / krank classes are a great opportunity to get those base miles in before the first race or big ride of the year!
Regular spin / krank schedule STARTING APRIL 1st* (see schedule updates):
– Tuesdays 10:30 AM with Aimee
– Wednesdays 6:30 PM with Lisa
– Thursdays 6:30 PM with Mike
– Saturdays 9:30 AM with rotating instructors (exceptions will be noted in blog updates)

FREE INTRO CLASSES
Next Intro to Corps Fitness class will be Saturday 3/26 at 9:45 AM with Chris
Intro to CrossFit classes are suspended until further notice

CROSSFIT OPEN
Congratulations to ALL CFers who participated in the OPEN this year!  Hopefully you learned something about yourself, tried a few new movements, and got something out of it.  Final CFer results are posted below!

GOT THE NERVE – CFer DEAL - Expires TOMORROW
FLASH SALE for GTN registration, all CF members have the opportunity to register for the 13th annual triathlon at 2015 rates.  Race is May 21st, flash sale runs through April 1st.  Email [email protected] to get the registration code.

WEEKEND INSTRUCTORS
Friday 5:30 – John
Sunday 8:30 AM – Emily
Sunday 9:30 AM – Owen (open time and CrossFit skills)

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I felt welcomed and wanted-I found a second home and family!
My husband and I started coming to Corps Fitness three years ago.  We brought with us a ton of misconceptions about fitness and health, and it showed not only in our physical bodies but also our overall well beings.
After the death of our first son and the adoption of 3 of our kids, the stress was showing on my physical body.  I had gained a significant amount of weight and my health was at risk.
We made the decision that we needed to change.  Not only for ourselves but for our kids.  Our children have significant disabilities and will require our care for the rest of their lives.  We owed it to them-to give them an amazing life despite their limitations.
I walked into Corps Fitness like a scared little girl.  I didn’t look like some of the other people there.  I didn’t know gym lingo, and I certainly couldn’t keep up.  But my fears quickly ended and what could have sent me back home, drew me in deeper and became an inspiration.  I started with small goals-scaled everything to make it work for me.  And it worked! I came through those doors not being able to hold my body weight from the bar, and now pull-ups are no problem.  Rope climbs?  Got it.  Double Unders?  Got it.  8 minute mile.  Got it.  And I just kept checking things off my list of goals.
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Your ego may say: stop, quit, you can’t do it

But what are your limits??

Listen to this Radiolab story about iron woman Julie Moss and others pushing their limits (warning - it’s not pretty!!).

Your muscles have a lot less to do with your limits than you think!  Don’t believe the flashing “E” when you have fuel left in the tank!  Listen to the whole show and learn something - the human body is truly capable of some amazing feats!!

Roger Caras, photographer and writer, said “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”  If you are a pet owner of any kind, you know that pets are very loved and important members of our families.  Dedicated CFers Tim and Emily McDonough have a pup in serious medical need.  In true Corps Fitness fashion, we’ll rally a workout next Friday, April 1st at all classes to offer Piper and her family a little extra fight.  Along with the workout, if you’d like to help Piper with her fight by helping defray her exorbitant medical costs, there will be a collection bucket in the lobby.  If you choose, you can either offer a flat donation or you will have the option of paying a dollar amount for each Round you accumulate in the workout….your choice.  Workout will be a hybrid format.  To hear more about Piper’s story, take a minute to read below…..Let’s help this sweet girl out and get some next Friday!

“Tim and I rescued Piper in 2014 as a puppy from Home At Last Dog Rescue. From the moment she stepped into our lives, Piper has kept our household on its toes. While we are unsure of Piper’s family origins or prior history, we are certain that she has had an impact on all who have met her. She follows her mom around like a shadow, race tracks around the yard with dad, tugs on her sister Lucy’s neck at every opportunity, and pounces on her brother Clyde like a ninja.
Piper is facing a life-threatening disease which prevents her from living her normal “Pippy” lifestyle. A near-death episode at home caused a prolonged hospital stay which included several blood transfusions, ultrasounds, x-rays, and biopsies. Thankfully, Piper was deemed stable enough after 5 days of intensive veterinary care to continue at-home treatment; this includes weekly vet visits and blood tests, as well as daily medication. Early last week, the internal medicine specialist at Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital diagnosed Piper with an autoimmune disorder (Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia) which causes her body attacks its own red blood cells. Though no known cure for this disease exits, Piper has already shown improvements which have led us to adopt an optimistic outlook on her future.
(Piper on right with her best friend Lucy at her side)

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OBSTACLE RACE TRAINING
A 5-week Obstacle Race Training class is on the horizon.  Work with Van on everything OCR related: climbing walls, carrying heavy stuff, moving awkward things, and general endurance.  Classes will be held Thursday nights at 6:30-7:30 PM from April 7th - May 5thYou do NOT have to be a Corps Fitness member to join in these classes!  The only requirement is that we have 8 participants, so spread the word!!
Current CF member - $40
Non-CF member - $75*
*Any non-CFer that signs up for the 5 sessions will be given a one-time opportunity to purchase a one month unlimited CF membership for $90.  Tell your non-CF friends, and call or sign up at the front desk today!
This is a huge deal compared to the prices other locations charge for similar style classes.  And if you take advantage of a CF membership when you’re finished, you’ll be sure to stay in racing shape (or better) for the entire season!

SCHEDULE UPDATES:
We are re-configuring some spaces in the gym to work the best for everyone, and the spin classes will be moving onto the main gym floor starting April 1st.  Due to this change, the class times are changing to what is indicated below.  With this change, we welcome our IM ABLE adaptive athletes to come out during any regularly scheduled CF / CrossFit class time and take advantage of the opportunity to work out alongside the entire class!

SPIN / KRANK
Spin on Thursday night at 5:30 with Mike Vecchio!!
Spin 9:30 AM 3/26 - NO CLASS
As cycling season is beginning to ramp up, our spin / krank classes are a great opportunity to get those base miles in before the first race or big ride of the year!
Regular spin / krank schedule STARTING APRIL 1st* (see schedule updates):
– Tuesdays 10:30 AM with Aimee
– Wednesdays 6:30 PM with Lisa
– Thursdays 6:30 PM with Mike
– Saturdays 9:30 AM with rotating instructors (exceptions will be noted in blog updates)

FREE INTRO CLASSES
Next Intro to Corps Fitness class will be Saturday 3/26 at 9:45 AM with Chris
Intro to CrossFit classes are suspended until further notice

MERCH
IM ABLE Mule Mugs just in, at the front desk
Corps Fitness coffee mugs still available as well!
Limited shaker bottles and apparel are still available – stop by the desk / display!

CROSSFIT OPEN
16.5 to be released today!  What will it be?  We haven’t done any pistols or box jumps…  Maybe reps for time?

GOT THE NERVE - CFer DEAL
FLASH SALE for GTN registration, all CF members have the opportunity to register for the 13th annual triathlon at 2015 rates.  Race is May 21st, flash sale runs through April 1st.  Email [email protected] to get the registration code.

WEEKEND INSTRUCTORS
Friday 5:30 – Emily
Sunday 8:30 AM – Gretchen
Sunday 9:30 AM – Owen (open time and CrossFit skills)

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A few motivational words from past CFer Sam Scaffidi on this Wednesday morning.  Sam is a motivating, fun, just plain awesome woman who has ventured near and far in her fitness journey.  She currently resides in New York City.  You can learn more about her at her blog home page.  You rock, Sam!

“For a long time, my goal was to have a 6 pack; I thought a 6 pack was the cornerstone of fitness. I started doing sit ups in my bedroom at my parents’ house when I was 13 years old & all the way through high school. I had a routine of a total of 500 reps of different variations of sit ups & I would do them most nights before I went to bed. I was still a kid, I spent most of my day (beyond school) being super active, I played sports that required speed, agility, endurance & strength…all of which start with a strong core.

Fast forward: a degree in Exercise Science and Kinesiology, 3 years of consistent yoga practice (in college), 3 marathons, 6 years of CrossFit, nearly 3 years of SoulCycle, countless workouts later & I recognize that abs are not the only measure (if any measure at all) of fitness. Abs are a result of low body fat and a well developed core. A huge part of how I built a strong core and started to develop visible abs was not only because of doing so many variations of sit ups, but largely in part to the body movement and core control required on the field, court and track & now on the bike. But that’s not what makes me fit.”
- S. Scaffidi